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Congressman visits Congressional App winners at BHS

January 15, 2020
The Town Crier

Congressman Tim Ryan presented certificates to three young women from Boardman High School on Jan. 7. The girls worked together on an app that won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for the 13th District.

Juniors Emma Davis and Ranean Sulebi, and senior Alara Erzurum invented an android app entitled "The Ohio Gun Obtaining Quiz." It's an informative app with a goal of creating awareness of Ohio's current gun laws.

The app gives examples of scenarios that could happen when someone is trying to buy a gun in Ohio. The user goes through a series of yes or no questions and answers whether a person can legally buy or carry a gun in the described scenario. An explanation for the correct answer appears on the screen following the users response.

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Posing during a special visit to BHS are students, seated: Alara Erzurum, Emma Davis, Ranean Sulebi. Back Row: Principal Cindy Fernback, Technology Teacher Evelyn Stanton, Congressman Tim Ryan, Superintendent Tim Saxton, Asst. Principals Anne Bott and Kyle Sheehan.

According to Emma, Alara and Ranean, the app was inspired by the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2019 where 17 people were killed and 27 were injured.

"We thought people need to know and understand the current gun laws in Ohio before we can tackle what might need to be done next. The ultimate goal is to try to prevent future tragedies like the Dayton shooting," the girls explained.

Congressman Tim Ryan is among more than 300 members of Congress to host a contest in his district. He said he was enthused by the girls' use of technology to try to address an issue that has real world impact.

"I couldn't be more impressed, for these students to come up with a timely app, and an app so well done--kudos to the environment that they've created here in Boardman." said Congressman Ryan.

"The fact that the girls are so excited and thrilled to continue in technology classes, it's really our goal for students to learn as much STEM as they can before they go off to college," said technology teacher Evelyn Stanton. "Girls need to know they can do it, and do it well, and that STEM can be fun too."

In the spring, the Boardman team will be invited to Washington DC to showcase their app alongside hundreds of students who won from congressional districts across the country.



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